"Squirrel Stew"

Last week, the Great Dane Mail List included a thread about squirrels. It seems that many Great Danes fantasize about what they would do if they ever actually caught one. Few have. None-the-less, Stormy dug up one of her canine cookbooks, shook off the dirt, and dictated this recipe:

Stormy's Squirrel Stew

Squirrels are great little critters to have around; they taunt us mercilessly (giving us hours of entertainment), and if we are lucky enough to catch one, they taste good too. Naturally, squirrels from our own backyard taste the best. If you catch a squirrel, you will be excited; try to exercise some restraint. Do not stomp on the squirrel and do not swallow it whole. The idea is to preserve the meat so you can make Squirrel Stew.

To make the stew you will need 2 squirrels cut into serving pieces. Do NOT clean them. If you can only catch one squirrel, bury it whole and try for another. (Buried squirrels stay good for about a week.) In addition to squirrels, you must hunt down the following ingredients: 1 cup flour, 2 cups water, 6 tbs bacon grease, 2 potatoes (cut into chunks), 1 clove of garlic, minced, 1 cup of kibble, and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix flour, salt and pepper in your dog bowl. Add the squirrel pieces and coat well. Heat the bacon grease in a large pan and fry the squirrel until golden brown. Pour off half of the bacon grease and add the water and garlic. Bring to a boil. Return squirrel pieces to pan, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 30 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer for 1 hour. Adjust seasonings and garnish with kibble and grass.

Please note: Try to make this stew when everyone is at work or asleep. If they ever catch you in the kitchen with a dead squirrel, you are dead meat.

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